Storytelling in sign language for deaf children

by Canales Asociacion Civil
Jan 24, 2013

Classic stories in Argentine sign language

Fabian Gianola recording Ugly Duckling voice over
Fabian Gianola recording Ugly Duckling voice over

We continue developing videobooks of classic tales in Argentine sign language.

Why do we choose classic tales?

Because they endure over time and keep their value over the centuries. This is very important for deaf children as it is a great way to share culture with other kids their age. In addition, classic stories are invaluable because its themes address problems that concern boys and girls treating the issues with simplicity and enriching their lives.

Good and bad are always present. Virtue, goodness, beauty and sibling rivalries (as in Cinderella), power, jealousy and malice (Snow White), the fairy godmothers that protect against witchcraft (Sleeping Beauty), the dangers of seduction (Little Red), the fear of being abandoned (Hansel and Gretel) and even the fear of the death of the parents (Cinderella) are values that acquire significance through the readings.

The difficulties are distressing and inevitable but tales that end "happily ever after" are a part of life and act on readers building life criteria without anyone having to explain how.

These stories circulate socially and are part of the culture and concepts of a community. In order to make it possible for deaf children to have the opportunity of enjoying and shearing them with their family and friends who can listen, at this stage we are recording voice-overs. That way, deaf kids in schools with children who can listen and parents that have deaf children but do not know sign language, will be able to share the stories.

The voice-over is an important part of this new series thus we have invited people from the artistic world to join this task. We bet that if hearing people recognize the voice of a famous person, they will be more encouraging with children to enter the site and learn about the books.

In this particular course of action, the photos attached show the famous TV host and Film, TV and Theatre actor, Fabian Gianola to whom we summoned to record the voice over of "The Ugly Duckling".

Fabian Gianola with Canales
Fabian Gianola with Canales' Project Leader

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Organization Information

Canales Asociacion Civil

Location: Capital Federal, Buenos Aires - Argentina
Project Leader:
Silvana Veinberg
Member of the educative committee
Capital Federal, Argentina